|HUD No. 14-009
March 14, 2014
HUD CLOSES TAMPA AND ORLANDO FIELD OFFICES
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that it is closing its Tampa and Orlando offices on Friday, as part of a realignment first announced last year. The closings are part of a Departmental effort to realign staff in order to better support program delivery. Additionally, the agency expects to realize significant operational savings by closing a number of small offices.
The sixteen total existing employees in the Tampa and Orlando offices have been offered buyouts, early retirement or relocation to other HUD offices. The agency plans to retain at least one office in each state. Florida will retain HUD offices in Jacksonville and Miami. Those offices and the Regional office in Atlanta will continue to deliver HUD programs to the Tampa and Orlando service areas.
"We have had to make some extremely tough decisions in this difficult fiscal environment and this is one of them" said Ed Jennings, HUD SE Regional Administrator. "Still, we know we can implement this realignment while continuing to meet the needs of the Tampa, Orlando and the Central Florida region. This decision will not impact the delivery of HUD programs to these communities."
Last year, HUD closed field offices in Syracuse, Camden, Springfield, Flint, Grand Rapids, Cincinnati, Shreveport, Dallas, Lubbock, and Spokane.
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